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Who We Are

Katie Mondry

"Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems."
            ~Walt Whitman

                    Song of Myself

Kelly Breaton

Katie Mondry

Kelly Breaton

Art Finds Ways of Springing Forth. 

2023/24 Editors:
Senior Editor
Kaitlyn Mondry
William Iemma
Porter Chetty
Addison McCready
Griffin Hamilt
Sardara Singh

Hawa Halimi
Andrew Fogel

Photography Page 

Group Effort
Art Page

Kate Pratt
Kaitlyn Mondry
Media Page 

Griffin Hamilton
Micro Niche Influencer


Contact or Submit:

Walt Whitman High School

301 West Hills Road
Huntington Station, NY 11746


Room: 633

If you are a Walt Whitman High School student interested in submitting a piece of poetry, or photography...

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Xanadu as a Whole


  Over the last twelve years, Xanadu has changed- a lot. Some of the changes have been due to technology and some due to artistic and philosophical ideologies. The magazine has changed in shape and size and content. The most recent of which has been our transition from magazine to website. Although we have been forced to relinquish the idea of a finished, bound, paper magazine, this website offers Xanadu freedoms it has never before possessed. Here Xanadu is free from the oppression of due dates, and the permanence of ink. This has allowed her to become an ever-evolving, yet always constant, being. 


  Xanadu is defined by the people who have edited her and have contributed to her content. The lady Xanadu never shares the same voice or personality as the year prior. Like so many organizations in our district, Xanadu lost its budget. That said, we have figured out clever ways of surviving. We are proud of this creature.


  You will find this website filled with the poets, prose writers, essayists, artisans, and photographers of Walt Whitman High School. The editors have meticulously arranged and selected the contributions. This is the production of a tireless and thoughtful collective. No one editor worked hours on grammar or design. This magazine is the result of patience and cooperative people who truly value creative expression. This magazine reflects not only a vibrant and thoughtful community but also a dedicated crew of insightful editors who care deeply about Walt Whitman’s insightful soul.



Katie Mondry

By Katie Mondry

No Lifeguard on Duty 

Hawa Halimi


The silence is unsettling.

The silence gives chance for 

Dams to erupt, to engulf me—

swallow me whole.


Silence reminds me of what I lack.

Sitting in a waiting room,

Uncertain and unwelcome

Waiting for the verdict.


Their eager ears listen desperately,

My mouth refuses to open.


Holding in a cough, 

I'm practically choking

I'll let the silence drown me,

Why fight against the current.

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